Public school: grades 6 – 8

Middle School | NYC Department of Education

Education Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen

Middle school offers students opportunities to explore their interests, discover new subjects, and learn more about themselves. New York City students can apply to up to 12 middle school programs.

  • Students with disabilities follow the same admission process as all other students
  • English Language Learners (ELL) also follow the same admission process as other students; they can also consider applying to programs that screen for language where they might get priority
  • All student who are eligible for middle school should submit an application, even students planning on attending their zoned school or continuing in K-8 schools
  • Students eligible for middle school will receive a personalized application that includes each middle school program they can apply to each November

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible to apply for a NYC public middle school, your child should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you a NYC resident?
  • Are you currently a fifth grade student (or a current sixth grade student at an elementary school that ends in sixth grade)?
    • Current middle school students who want to transfer must visit a Family Welcome Center to explore your options

I'm Ready To Apply

To apply for admissions to a public middle school:

  1. Visit and set up your account. Speak with your school counselor if you need help.
  2. Use MySchools to explore middle schools based on your interests, location, and more.
  3. Select up to 12 choices to add to your application in your true order of preference, and submit it by the deadline.

If you just moved to NYC talk to your school counselor or visit a Family Welcome Center.

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